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ECE 102: Child, Family and Community

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

Examines the developing child in a societal context, focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community, with an emphasis on historical and cultural factors that influence the process of socialization and the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families.

ECE 103: Foundations of ECE I Principles

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.
Course Advisories: ECE 102 and 120 or PSY 140.

Foundation course in Early Childhood Education. Emphasis is on developing skills and knowledge needed to work effectively with children, birth to age eight. Introduction to building relationships, developing guidance and supervision skills, observation techniques, curriculum planning, historical context, theoretical perspectives, professionalism and reflective practice. Requires 45 (3 hour shifts) of guided supervision in ECE lab.

ECE 104: Foundations of ECE II Practicum

Prerequisites: ECE 102 and 103 and 108 and 120 or PSY 140.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

Design, implementation and evaluation of developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children, birth to age 8. Research on brain development, language development, and cognition is integral. Professional skills of resume writing, accessing community resources for families and providing group times/experiences are developed. Coursework combined with a minimum of 45 days of student teaching, with each shift lasting 3 hours in an ECE lab setting.

ECE 107: Administration Of Child Development Programs I

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Enrollment Limitation: Completion of 12 core ECE units as defined by Community Care Licensing plus 3 units of supervised field experience. Study of administrator's responsibilities in various types of programs, including developing philosophy; selecting/supervising personnel; planning curriculum; programming for staff/families; complying with regulatory authorities; conducting business procedures; planning for facility, equipment and food; evaluating programs; effecting change through legislative process.

ECE 108: Creative Learning and Curriculum

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children. Examination of teacher's role in supporting development and engagement for all young children. Provides strategies for developmentally-appropriate practice based on observation and assessment across the curriculum, including academic content areas, play, art and creativity plus social-emotional, communication and cognitive skills.

ECE 109: Family-Teacher-Child Relationships

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: 12 ECE core units according to Community Care Licensing. Establishing and sustaining effective relationships between teacher, families and child. Common problems handled between families and teachers; ways of distinguishing special problems requiring other professional attention; and supportive ways of helping families enjoy and appreciate their children. Includes interviewing, home visiting, parent education and family engagement strategies.

ECE 111: Administration of Child Development Programs II

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of 12 core ECE units as defined by Community Care Licensing plus 3 units of supervised field experience. Explores leadership styles and skills, emerging issues in early childhood education, ethics, grant writing, advocacy and staff professional development for leaders of child development programs.

ECE 115: Children's Literature

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Develops awareness of value and variety of children's literature by surveying traditional and contemporary selections, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and folk literature from many cultures. Proposes criteria for literary/artistic evaluation, use and age appropriateness in selection. Demonstrates presentation techniques, including storytelling.

ECE 117: Adult Supervision and Mentoring

Prerequisites: ECE 102 and 103 and 108 and 120.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Methods and principles of supervising student teachers, volunteers, staff and other adults in early care and education settings. Emphasis is on the roles and development of early childhood professionals as mentors and leaders.

ECE 120: Child Growth and Development/Educators

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

History and current issues of early childhood growth and development, from birth through adolescence, are covered. In addition to theoretical ideas and observations of children, special emphasis is given to the child from birth to age eight in relation to cultural, gender, class and racial influences.

ECE 121: Health, Safety And Nutrition For Young Children

Skills Advisory: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

Introduction to the legalities, standards, policies and procedures, prevention techniques, and early childhood curriculum related to health, safety and nutrition. Key components that ensure physical health, mental health and safety for children identified, along with the importance of the collaboration with families and health professionals. Focus on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development.

ECE 123: Children with Special Needs

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Overview of information and strategies for early childhood educators in working with children with special needs. Topics include identification, assessment, early intervention services and curriculum adaptations, plus family resources and partnerships. Atypical development includes delays, disabilities and giftedness.

ECE 124: Working With School-Age Children

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Introduction to the increasing role communities play in providing out-of-school services to school-age children. Features include planning and implementing curriculum, designing a safe environment, exploring developmental issues, administrative policies and procedures, identifying community resources, and establishing partnerships to ensure high quality school-age programs.

ECE 128: Observation and Assessment

Prerequisites: ECE 102 and ECE 120 and ECE 108 and ECE 103.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Provides theoretical framework for understanding the connection between effective observations assessments and curriculum planning in early childhood settings. Anecdotal records, rating systems and multiple assessment strategies are explored. Focuses on the appropriate use of observation and assessment to document growth, play and learning to join with families in promoting children's success.

ECE 129: ECE Special Education

Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 98 and 103.

Examines the field of ECE special education. A variety of educational models explored, as well as specific disabilities. Current research and professional experience evaluated in terms of prenatal substance exposure, health and safety issues, and dealing with stress, grief and trauma.

ECE 131: The Developing Bilingual Child

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Introduction to the range of development of the language of the developing bilingual child, with emphasis on language and effective domains. The influences of different methods of language acquisition, modes of instruction, environmental factors and strategies for second language acquisition are evaluated.

ECE 132: Teaching in a Diverse Society

Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 98 and 103.

Examines processes involved in human relations, as related to differences, and how these processes impact teaching, learning and interactions with young children and families. Self-examination, reflection and integration of practices to promote equity and how to best support children as they gain a sense of identity and become confident members of a diverse society.

ECE 136: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Prerequisites: ECE 102 and ECE 120 or PSY 140.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

Overview of information and strategies for early childhood educators in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Topics include identification, assessment, early intervention services, strategies and curriculum adaptations. Family resources and partnerships are emphasized.

ECE 141: Development And Caregiving Of Infants And Toddlers

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Developmental stages of infants and toddlers and accompanying behavior, guidelines for health and safety, observation and caregiving strategies including primary caregiving, small groups, and continuity of care are covered. Development of optimal environment for child, parent and staff growth also addressed.

ECE 142: Infant/Toddler Socialization

Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 98 and 103.

Focus on developing trusting relationships between caregivers and infants/toddlers who are developing social/emotional competence and intellectual growth. Caregivers need to be aware of their feelings, expectations, cultural values and attitudes from their own childhood experiences.

ECE 151B: Leadership In Early Childhood Education

Prerequisite: ECE 117.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Examines ways in which individuals working in the field of early childhood education can be successful by creating an environment in which trust and empowerment can flourish. Explores the distinction between leadership and management while emphasizing the value of character ethics over personality ethics.

ECE 152B: Guidance: Effective And Caring Approaches

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

Designed to allow the ECE Department the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to child behavior and development which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 152D: Working With Aggression In Children

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103 .

The course is designed to allow the ECE Department the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to child behavior and development which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 152E: Children'S Sexuality

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Designed to allow the ECE Department the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to child behavior and development which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 153A: Use Of The Community As Curriculum

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

The course is designed to allow the ECE Department the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to curriculum development which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 153G: Quality Group Times

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

The course is designed to allow the ECE Department the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to curriculum development which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 153H: Holiday Celebrations For Young Children

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

The course is designed to allow the ECE Department the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to curriculum development which reflect student interest, community need and current trends

ECE 156B: Issues In Parenting

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

One of a variety of ECE Department courses on parenting and working with parents, reflecting student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 157C: Child And Family Abuse: The Teacher's Role

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

The course is designed to allow the ECE Department the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to special, unique or very sensitive issues which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 157E: Working With Challenging Families

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and 103.

Characteristics and dynamics of challenging families explored along with strategies for supporting healthy child development in non-ideal settings.

ECE 290: Work Experience In Early Childhood Education

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: 6 ECE units, according to Community Care Licensing. May be taken for 1, 2, 3 or 4 units of credit. Maximum of four (4) units per semester for a maximum of sixteen (16) units. Consists of supervised employment for Early Childhood Education students whose career objectives, course of study and employment complement each other. Students must accomplish specific course objectives.

ECE NC005: Anger Management: Enhancing Healthy Family Values

Class teaches new approaches to dealing with anger using techniques that control reactions to family disagreements. Students learn how to improve parent-child and intimate relationships through effective communication skills as they confront wounds from the past, modify faulty belief systems, recover from addictive behaviors, and understand and manage emotions. Students learn to empower their lives, stop generational cycles of violence, and receive support for recovering from substance abuse.

ECE NC010: Child Development at the Parent-Child Workshop

Within context of cooperative preschool, students learn about social, emotional, physical, cognitive development of young children, healthy separation patterns, importance of play, and strategies that support strong foundation for future learning. Students help create healthy, safe, inclusive environment, observe and interact with children in preschool lab. Class includes lecture, lab, discussion, and activities.

ECE NC011: Child, Family, Community at the Parent-Child Workshop

Within context of cooperative preschool, students will develop a framework for positive communication, child guidance and discipline, and navigating parenting challenges of the 21st century. Students will discover community resources, learn about kindergarten readiness, and develop strategies to support children's education at home and school. Includes lecture, lab, discussion and activities.

ECE NC012: Parent Education in a Cooperative Preschool: Family Education and Resources

Parents will learn about nutrition, health, first aid, safety, community resources, kindergarten readiness and transition, and parenting strategies for ensuring their child’s success in school and community. Additional topics will address parenting challenges such as: influence of media and technology and helping children cope with family illness, death, separation, and divorce. Designed for parents of children age 2 to 5 years. Class includes weekly lecture, lab/discussion seminar, and activities.

ECE NC056: Parents and Kids in Parks

Class meets in various local parks and teaches students how to participate with 2 1/2 to 5 year old children in sensory activities, story-time, and age-appropriate crafts to enhance children’s physical, emotional, intellectual and social development and strengthen parent/child relationships. Class includes discussion of relevant parenting issues. Students should bring a snack. The list of park locations for the term will be distributed at the first class.

ECE NC140: Music Times For Parents with Babies Aged 3-16 months

Class explores the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat. Students learn how music nurtures children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development while strengthening the bond between parent and child. Participants are exposed to various genres of music, play a variety of instruments, listen to stories with dramatization and puppets, and learn songs, rhymes, sign language and finger plays in an interactive environment. Students also learn how music can be used as a tool to guide daily routines and transitions.

ECE NC142: Creativity and Preschoolers: Focus on Art

Parents and caregivers with children three to five years of age participate in a stimulating environment that teaches age-appropriate art experiences to enhance development. Parents facilitate children’s artistic exploration using a variety of art materials, media, recipes and sensory experiences. Parents learn how creative expression leads to children’s growth and development.

ECE NC158: Music Times I: For Parents/Children Aged 16-30 months

In this course, parents and children ages 16-30 months explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat. Parents learn how music nurtures children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development and strengthens the bond between parent and child. Participants will be exposed to various genres of music, play a wide variety of instruments, listen to stories with dramatization and puppets, and learn songs, rhymes, and finger plays in an interactive environment.

ECE NC159: Infant Times I: Newborn to Crawling

Infant Times I provides current information about infant development, stimulation, and "self-calming" techniques. Class also provides opportunities for sharing and discussion of timely questions from new parents. Parents learn infant massage techniques, stimulating songs, and how to make hand-made toys/equipment and play games.

ECE NC160: Growing Times I: Parenting Toddlers (18-24 months)

Parents and caregivers with children 18 - 24 months of age meet weekly to learn to develop a safe and stimulating environment with age appropriate activities for toddlers. Parents learn about typical stages of development through child observation, direct participation with other families, and informal discussion groups. The skills learned in this class promote positive parenting attitudes and healthy parent-child relationships.

ECE NC161: Infant Times II: Crawling to Walking

Course provides information about infant development, stimulation and "self-calming" techniques for crawling and walking infants. Class also provides opportunities for sharing and discussion of timely questions from new parents. Parents learn infant massage techniques, stimulating songs, and how to make hand-made toys/equipment and play games.

ECE NC162: Music Times II: For Parents of Children aged 2.5 - 5 years

Music Times II is for parents and their children ages 2.5 - 5 years. In this course, parents and children explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat. Parents learn how music nurtures children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development and strengthens the bond between parent and child. Participants will be exposed to various genres of music, play a wide variety of instruments, listen to stories with dramatization and puppets, and learn songs, rhymes, finger plays in an interactive environment.

ECE NC164: Growing Times II: Parenting the Two to Three Year Old Child

Parents and caregivers with children two to three years of age meet weekly to learn to develop a safe and stimulating environment with age appropriate activities for toddlers. Parents learn about typical stages of development through child observation, direct participation with other families, and informal discussion groups. The skills learned in this class promote positive parenting attitudes and healthy parent-child relationships.

ECE NC165: Growing Times III: Parenting the Preschool Child

Parents and caregivers with children two and a half to five years of age meet weekly to learn to develop a safe and stimulating environment with age appropriate activities for preschoolers. Parents learn about typical stages of development through child observation, direct participation with other families, and informal discussion groups. The skills learned in this class promote positive parenting attitudes and healthy parent-child relationships.

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